Dave shares his thoughts on the Damian Lillard trade drama, how Blazer's fans are handling the ambiguity, the current state of the NBA and more
Those of us looking to see heat sign a journeyman pg on the cheap: apparently spurs are done with Cam Payne... https://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2023/9/11/23868666/spurs-to-release-former-phoenix-suns-pg-cam-payne
Would a dame + scoot backcourt work for portland? What if this becomes the case over the course of the first 20 games? And we are left with squat. Dames value increases and he opens up his options of other teams? And he’s traded for a haul to Boston, Milwaukee or Philly? Has Pat lost his touch and underestimated little Joe ?
Shams is writing that it’s Miami or bust for Dame, meaning he will report to play for portland if it doesn’t work out. But no other team.
FIBA world championship 2023 is officially over. What a great tournament! Elimination games were fantastic. Germany playing in full strenght with all their stars have rightfully won it all.
Nikola Jovic was in tears after Serbia's loss to Germany. Serbia gets silver, while Canada and Kelly Olynik grab bronze in a great game vs the US. SGA and Dillon Brooks destroying Team USA. Dennis Schroeder voted MVP of the tournament.
It was so much fun to see these NBA players play for their national teams. I am already looking forward to the 2024 Olympic games. USA should have enough motivation not to take it lightly. Will they bring the Redeem Team 2? I think they need it, the rest of the world is getting better and better.
6'11" Nikola Jokić was drafted by Denver in 2014 in Rd 2, Pk 41.
6'10" Nikola Jović (who just turned 20 on June 9, 2023) was drafted by Miami in 2022, Rd 1, Pk 27. From what I have seen of this 20 year old G/F, the sky is the limit. I would definitely not include him in any potential trade scenario with Portland.
Likewise, I think neither Herro nor Jaquez should be included in any Portland trade. Both are on great contracts and still have much room to improve (Herro especially has room on the defensive end).
At best, I would give Portland Lowry or Robinson, a rotation player (or two) and 3-4 draft picks. Otherwise, no deal.
Miami has more than enough assets to trade for a player/or players who can put this team over the top. After all, if both Lillard and Portland refuse to budge, with an expiring contract like Lowry's, rotation players such as Martin, Robinson and others, plus draft picks available, Riley should explore all options.
Really? Dame fatigue in Portland, music to my ears!
While Heat and Port snoozing on this deal....lets go Jovic, Serbia! Tall order vs Canada with 7 NBAers for the chance to advance in the finals.
Here’s another proposal I really like:
“ Miami Heat Receive: Collin Sexton, Kelly Olynyk
Utah Jazz Receive: Kyle Lowry, 2028 First-Round Pick (MIA)“
A return of KO and a 24 year old pg who can score and shoot. Not a big assist guy and, of course, the Heat would have to be certain he’s healthy.
Anyway, just killing time during this gosh awful lull. Canes and Dolphins seasons starting should help.
Woods 2 years, $5.7 million to Lakers. No matter what anyone thinks about him, that’s a nice cheap deal for him.
"Small ball" is a hoax. The Heat lost to the Lakers in 2020 and the Nuggets in 2023 because of it's limitations. The U.S. lost to Lithu(fargin)ania because of it. It works when a team can take advantage of certain mismatches. However, it is not so effective against taller teams that can exploit it's shortcomings. The Heat will never win an NBA Title with Bam as center, unless they also have a strong, athletic two-way power forward playing next to him to share the interior duties. Bam is great at what he does but he is not able to match up 1:1 with the monsters of the NBA! That is too much to ask of him!
US lost to Lietuva without Sabonis.
I know this is not the best US can offer, but still, this team is made of most of the best young US players. And its not very good. A medal is not a given.
I like this guy, been reading his pieces over at blazersedge.
"Dame is certainly within his rights to demand a trade to one team." He knows the FO of Portland messed up he just doesn't want to admit it straight up in his writeups but he's objective and sees (and feels?) the "pain" of Blazers fans. Again sad for them, but for us hope that we can move on already and imo just drop out of this deal. Sorry Dame. We have enough.
I respect the esteemed Dave Deckard from Blazer's Edge, but I have to call him out on one thing.
He said that even if the Heat trade for Dame, he's still not sure if they're better than the Sixers, Celtics, and Bucks. In the past 4 years, the Heat have a winning record against all of those teams in the playoffs. They're 5-2, with 3 trips to the Eastern Conference Finals and two trips to the NBA Finals. So unless Dave thinks trading for Dame will make the Heat worse, they are the unquestionable best team in the East if they add Damian Lillard.
The grandma analogy to the last question is great (and funny)! If I were a Blazers fan, I’d want the deal to be done sooner rather than later to the Heat or anyone else. Keeping Lillard on that roster makes no sense for him or the team. Get a fair, not ridiculously unrealistic, package of assets, and move on. They are now a young team with interesting players and many picks to keep building and/or trading in the future. Like the Kings and Grizzlies in the recent past, or Thunder and Rockets presently, they have something to look forward to.